Mapping Ebola Outbreaks: Area of Infection Is Way Bigger Than Previously Thought | VICE News–Do not eat the Monkey Meat!

an-estimated-22-million-people-live-in-areas-at-risk-for-future-ebola-transmissions-1410212065Bats and wild primates are believed to be the main source of human outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus, including the one that has ravaged Western Africa with hemorrhagic fever for the past six months and taken more than 2,100 lives.

While scientists have been studying this link for decades, a new analysis of the data of all known transmissions of the virus from animals to humans indicates that the area of potential infection is much larger than was previously thought, encompassing an area that is home to more than 20 million people.

The map, which can help predict where humans are most likely to come into contact with infected animals, was published in the journal eLife on Monday and produced by a team of researchers led by members of the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology. As world health authorities work to get the largest Ebola outbreak in history under control, the new model could help prevent similarly disastrous outbreaks in the future.

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